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My work including Stress Awareness Seminars, Consultations, Energy Balancing/Healing, and Meditation Workshops are CMA accredited and approved

Anna Fellowes

Adv. Dip. Prof. SM

Advanced Stress Consultant
Mind/Body Connection Specialist
Professional Specialist Hypnotherapist

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MEDS Stress Awareness Seminars

Understanding & Managing Emotions
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Managing, Exploring & Diminishing Stress

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Happiness Is An Inside Job

Happiness Is An Inside Job expands on the greatest happiness principle, that happiness is experience inside us. It also has its source within us.

When we seek to discover the best in others,
we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.
William Arthur Ward 1991-1994

I am non-judgemental and non-critical in my approach
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Effects of Chronic Stress

It is good to be aware that long-term exposure to stress can lead to serious health problems. It is widely researched that Chronic Stress disrupts nearly every system in your body. It can raise blood pressure, suppress the immune system, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, contribute to infertility, and speed up the aging process. Long-term stress can even rewire the brain, leaving you more vulnerable to anxiety and depression. Many health problems are caused or exacerbated by stress.

But it is not all bad. Part of the enjoyment of life is to feel alive, have some get-up- and-go and for that we need challenges but challenges we feel we can cope with. From time to time we need to feel that buzz factor; we need the excitement of a challenge but not all the time.

Did you know that even irritation and frustration are forms of Stress? We can’t avoid stressful situations, they are all around us. Anxiety, irritation, frustration, anger, fear, negative thoughts, depression; too many demands from family, friends or work all come under the heading of Stress.

So make friends with, and know your stress levels, learn to control the negatives and start to have a life.

You owe it to yourself to enjoy life and be happy

We can make changes at any age; it is never too late, age is irrelevant, it is just a number. You owe it to enjoy your own level of health and enjoy the whole experience of living. This can be achieved once you know how to manage and deal with the complexities of anxiety and frustration life throws at you. Like many things once you know how, it becomes easy.

You maybe successful in your workaday life and that’s great, you maybe reasonably comfortable financially, even wealthy but if you don’t have your health what have you got? Not a lot!!!

Now is a good time to make changes. Join me and the team on one of my Seminars. Don't delay, do it now and enjoy the benefits.

Just pause a moment, reflect and notice how things are for you.
Are you on the same old treadmill day after day?

Is your life so hectic that there is little or no time for you to feel the joy of life and to feel energetic and healthy? Is life sometimes a drag? Are you tired, fed up or just plain weary much of the time? Do you frequently feel pressured, irritable or anxious? Are there times when you feel you have to be all things to all people?
Well it doesn’t have to be that way!

Stress Management is simplistically a twin process of "prevention and intervention."

We all experience some form of Stress during our lives. There are many levels of Stress from irritation, anxiety, worry or mild frustration, to full blown anger and rage. If left unchecked, these states of mind can ultimately create physical dysfunction, malaise, depression or illness.

However, these negative emotions which also include resentment, fear, guilt and depression all of which can be managed once you understand them.

The Secret is, to know how to deal the various forms of Stress as they occur; learn to recognise the signs in the future and learn to alleviate and control anxieties by using the special techniques.

Please remember that the word "Stress" is not a word to be afraid of or to be reluctant to use; it is no longer a word to hide away from.
For a better understanding of emotions click Stress, Anxiety & Frustration etc.

The enjoyable interactive Stress Awareness Seminars are unique as well as being informative, occasionally amusing but takes a serious look at where you are now and where you would like to be.

We look at and try to understand the effect of various forms of negative emotions including anger, frustration, fear, guilt and depression. We look at the reasons for that anger and why it is beneficial to do Anger Releasing; an emotion that affects all of us at some time in our lives.

To read more about these unique Seminars click MEDS Stress Awareness Seminars.

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We all come from different backgrounds and upbringing, and have travelled different roads; I understand this, therefore my approach in all my Seminars, Workshops and Consultations is non-critical and non-judgmental.

Clients for consultation and delegates attending the Seminars come from diverse backgrounds including top management, consultants, the medical profession, the military, war heroes, entrepreneurs, celebrities and other walks of life.

Delegates for the MEDS Stress Awareness Seminars mainly have a business or administration background but they are open to all, subject to suitability. With small groups of 10/14 delegates there is time to help each one to become confident and competent with the understanding and the techniques taught.

"Stress is the internal reaction that occurs in response to internal and external factors, both known and unknown" or according to the dictionary, the word stress means: 'to be subjected to pressure or strain, a mentally disruptive or disquieting influence'.

I like this analogy. Think of seven heavy-duty coiled ropes hanging from a very strong beam in a shed or warehouse. At the end of each rope hangs a heavy weight. The 1st rope holds a moderately heavy iron weight and they get progressively heavier. The middle rope is starting to show signs of strain; it is beginning to fray a little. Now the 7th and last rope which holds a very heavy iron weight is badly frayed and if left too long could snap altogether. This 7th rope is severely under stress.

Similarly, our personal Stress is no different from the stress of coiled ropes; the reasons are different but the outcome in both cases is the same, neither can survive under indefinite stress and strain.

There are two types of stress.

Good stress is something we need to keep us alert, motivate us to face challenges, and drive us to solve problems. Good stress gives us lower more manageable stress levels that are considered as necessary and normal.

However, Negative Stress is a very different matter.

I want to bring it down to basics. We all have a threshold of coping limit; pushing ourselves beyond that limit creates overload and the result is health issues.

Imagine a boiler with a broken thermostat that won’t switch off when the temperature rises. So what happens next? It overheats and something has to give. First the overheating may cause it to short and maybe smoke but if not attended to it could ultimately explode.

Similarly when we go beyond our limits of coping, our body throws out physical symptoms of varying severity or we have an emotional breakdown. The latter is our mind saying "hey give me a break".

Stress speeds up your entire system and consequently you get symptoms in your younger or midlife years which are more commonly associated with growing old. I like to call it maturing!!!! Virtually no part of your body can escape the ravages of stress.

To overcome and manage stress or distress we first of all need to understand it. If we don't understand stress how can we start to prevent it?

Life these days is very time pressured and competitive. Technology changes daily. Sadly marriage/partnership breakdowns are becoming more common as are redundancies, unemployment and lack of jobs. For those who have good jobs and hold responsible positions then the pressure is even greater. It is hardly surprising that at times people struggle to cope with life’s uncertainties.

Feeling anxious and distressed does NOT mean you are a weak individual who cannot cope or that you are at the end of your tether – it means you are human like everyone else! People react differently to the situations they have to face because we are all unique. Some may be very passive personalities whilst others may be very competitive, even aggressive. Life experiences will vary enormously as will overall conditioning/perceptions.

Often, we don't realise that basic daily occurrences can start a stress overload. Perhaps you overslept, some of you might crawl to work in slow moving traffic, have stared at that unexpected bill, maybe your spouse or partner demanded information or a decision just as you were about to leave or you were asked to help with children who were running late, or some other irritating delay. You may even be worried that you just can’t cope at work at the moment or with a fading relationship. Or that you feel you just cannot be all things to all people anymore.

In the interests of Health and Safety, there is a qualified First Aid Officer in attendance during the Seminars and Workshops, who holds a current first aid certificate.

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Professional Specialist Hypnotherapy

Looking at Hypnosis

I would like to allay fears about Hypnosis and try to take away the mystery; it is actually a very beneficial therapy. During a hypnosis session you are always in control and can come out of the deep relaxation anytime you wish. You will be very relaxed but you will still be aware of everything that is said to you, and even the noises of doors closing, telephones or outside traffic noise.

Forget all the hype about stage hypnosis which has unfortunately created a wariness and unease amongst the public. The stage hypnotist will choose the most susceptible that he can find who will perform to order.

I am talking about Professional Hypnosis, a complementary therapy based on deep relaxation using the power of suggestion to bring about subconscious change to your thoughts, feelings and behaviour. The power of suggestion, called autosuggestion or positive affirmations within the concept of hypnosis is a practice dating back to the Middle Ages and was taught by Pythagoras and Aristotle. Autosuggestion or Affirmations are strong statements or commands directed to your subconscious mind. These suggestions are accepted faster when deeply relaxed; this is why hypnosis is very successful.

It is a well-known fact that the whole human body is governed by the nervous system, the centre of which is in the brain - the seat of all thought. In other words, the brain or mind controls every cell, every organ in the functioning of the body; constant negative thoughts can have the effect of inducing illness and disease whereas positive thoughts can create wellbeing.

Hypnosis is the opposite of anxiety, and is an extremely beneficial calming therapy. At its simplest it is just the creation of a deeply relaxed state of being, in which the mind stops multitasking and begins to focus on one particular point. It is very effective in overcoming many areas of peoples concerns by treating emotional and psychological conditions and changing negative traits.

Hypnosis is not mind control, nor is it the hypnotized person "under someone’s power" as we are often led to believe in the movies. Neither is it some dangerous scientific tool that should only be used by physicians or people with advanced academic degrees – degrees do not guarantee ethics.

Over the years clients have asked me why they are unable to achieve seemingly simple goals and objectives through willpower. In my response I explain that acceptance of any new habit pattern requires subconscious cooperation; otherwise your conscious decision to make the desired change is undermined by your existing natural subconscious belief in failure. It is necessary to re-educate old negative thought patterns or behaviour, recent or past, and to learn not to dwell on them in preparation for making positive changes.

Life throws many emotional traumas at us, insecurities in both personal and workaday situations as well as uncertainties about many aspects. We can feel exposed and sensitive and at times defenceless/vulnerable and we all cope in our own way with our individual negativities. What some people may not realise is that negativity can have a detrimental effect on our physical and emotional state.

For maximum effectiveness and to achieve your realistic goals it is necessary to have the motivation for change and really want to change. This maximises the help my professional expertise can bring you.

The term "hypnosis" comes from the Greek word "hypnos" which means sleep. The words hypnosis and hypnotism both derive from the term neuro-hypnotism (nervous sleep). "Hypnosis is a state of mind, enhanced by, although not exclusively, mental and physical relaxation, in which our subconscious is able to communicate with our conscious mind".

Below are just a few of the areas that together we can address.

ME (Chronic Fatigue syndrome) - Stress, Anxiety & Frustration - Fear & Guilt
Anger & Extreme Emotions - Smoking Cessation – IBS – Allergies - Exam Nerves
Confidence for Interviews - Public Speaking - Self Confidence - Low Self Esteem - Loss & Bereavement - Weight Loss – Phobias – Addictions

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About Anna

Extraordinary and fascinating describes my life. I have met many interesting people, travelled extensively and achieved some amazing health benefits with many of my clients from physical and emotional health symptoms, negativity, misplaced beliefs and extreme stress etc.

Rebuilding people’s lives is what I do, and do well. At 50 plus I have the advantage of age, experience, expertise and a vast amount of knowledge as well as being able to draw on my extensive study of a variety of complementary therapies. I have also studied Stress Management and Hypnosis in great detail. You can see more of my in-depth studies below.

I try to make sure I get lots of relaxation time just for me. It is important I maintain a clear fresh approach to enable me to assist my clients in their quest for a progressive emotional and physical improvement. My thoughts can drift when I am watching and making imaginary pictures and listening to birds. A good way for me to recharge is to walk, allowing my thoughts to drift at will as I take some deep breaths; I particularly enjoy snowdrop and bluebell walks in the spring. For bad weather days or time challenged days I try to use my rebounder (PT bouncer) and my Orbitreck machine. Keeping healthy is not always easy, it requires a bit of self discipline; there are always so many more interesting things to do than exercise! But in a quest to maintain a healthy mind and body it is worth it. It is always good to remember that without your health, you really don’t have much at all.

Although very successful in my work, I have experienced the same sort of highs and lows, sadness and euphoria, calm and turbulence, the loss of loved ones too. Losing my father and husband close together was not easy to cope with but I turned the pain into a positive. I focused on the fact that I had been so lucky to have two wonderful people in my life. We all experience loss but it is how we deal with it that matters; it is just another chapter of our life and we are not supposed to cling on to it, we need to turn over the page and move on to the next lesson.

The key to improving or maintaining health is having an open acceptance and progressive mind and to at least consider possible ways of achieving this. We all need a bit of help and encouragement from time to time whether it is from friends or therapists; no man is an island.

Smiley, happy, calm and balanced, I love my life and I love what I do; I can occasionally get frustrated or annoyed but it doesn’t last long. The secret is I don’t allow negative emotions to settle, I deal with them as they occur and my sense of humour helps keep me buoyant.

I do understand and have experienced Stress in both personal and business. I was in management for many years (a big cog in a small wheel) but also continued working with people, Making Positive Changes ® to their lives.

Some of my in-depth studies in related areas include:

Professional Specialist Hypnotherapy
Advanced Diploma Professional Stress Management
Advanced Professional Stress Consultant
Master Teacher/Practitioner Energy Balancing/ Healing
Advanced Mind/Body Connection
Metaphysical Aspects of Positive Thinking
Basic Psychology
Understanding Anger – Source, Effects and Managing it
Personal Life Coaching
Advanced Chakra Healing
Meditation Teacher
Anatomy & Physiology
Advanced Colour Therapy
Advanced Crystal Healing
The Silva Method
Louise Hay Workshop Trainer
Advanced Reiki Practitioner/Master Teacher (Western Usui Shiki Ryoho)
Intensive five day course - Advanced Usui Traditional Japanese Reiki (Usui Reiki Ryoho) - Advanced Practitioner/ Master Teacher Dip. Ihreiki - with International House of Reiki (Australia)

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Making Positive Changes ®
MEDS Stress Awareness Seminars
CMA Accreditation

In the unlikely event of the Seminar being deemed unsuitable for a delegate, we reserve the right to decline a place without explanation.

Technically, Stress Management put simplistically is a twin process of “prevention and intervention.”

These unique and very effective MEDS Stress Awareness Seminars have been created by Anna Fellowes from a background of knowledge, understanding and working experience, and many years of guiding people in how to manage their negative emotions. In these Seminars Anna works with small groups of 10/12 delegates; this allows time for interaction and more time for each delegate.

We look at Understanding Stress, where it comes from and learning several techniques to manage or overcome this damaging emotion is an important part of this Seminar. We also look at a beneficial breathing technique, relaxation time, positive thought patterns, techniques for managing the emotions and much more. The key for delegates is to understand the emotions, good bad or indifferent, where they come from and to hopefully go on to lead a happy, balanced and more fulfilling life. With the comprehensive know-how learned in the Seminars is it easier to adopt new ways of thinking which are so beneficial for a healthy existence.

Together the journey is a lot easier....It is good to are not alone.

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Two Day Interactive
MEDS Stress Awareness Seminars

Small Groups approximately 10/12 delegates

Understand how Negative Thoughts affect us
Learn how to be Confident, be at Ease and be Happy
Learn how to Relax and how to start to Enjoy Life more

Complete Confidentiality assured in all Seminars and Workshops

During these Seminars I guide you through effective techniques to help you understand and manage your stress, whether it is from everyday pressures, mild stress in the form of anxiety or more serious stress.

These unique interactive Seminars are friendly, interactive, enjoyable and practical and can help you to start Making Positive Changes* in your life. They have been especially created to give you progressive understanding and awareness of the different levels of stress and how to manage them. You learn that not all stress is bad, where stress comes from and the dangers if it is not suitably managed and much, much more.

In addition you learn about the damaging effects of holding on to past emotions, such as anger, fear and guilt as well as the consequences of continual negative thought patterns. Unrelenting pressure of everyday worries, acute frustration, irritation, negativity and anxiety etc. are all forms of stress, which if not released create a build up of emotions and toxins; a bit like a boiler when the pressure is not released!!

Two Days are needed to make sure delegates understand and identify negative emotions and complete the techniques and exercises to effectively manage those emotions and also learn the techniques to quickly control frustration and anger as soon as it begins. The long term benefits are extensive and far reaching.

The Seminar is carefully structured so that each exercise and technique progressively builds on the one before.

Inclusive each Day:
Two tea/coffee breaks with biscuits
A Light Lunch
Water available at all times

At the end of Day Two each delegate receives a folder containing sheets of useful information to help you keep focus in the days and months following the Seminar, a smiley and sample stress indicators as well as a CD relevant to the Seminar.

Registration on Day One 9.00 am to 9.15 am
Registration on Day Two 9.15 am
Each Seminar Day starts 9.30 am prompt concluding approx. 4.30 to 5.00 pm

MEDS Two Consecutive Days Seminar..........
Inclusive Price...£1,250.00

Deposit required to secure a place (non refundable).....£255.00
Full amount Due 4 weeks prior to Seminar date

“In House” Two Day Seminars for a group of 10/14 delegates by arrangement: details on request - Course fees plus expenses dependent on the area of the “in house venue”.

MEDS Platinum ONE Day follow-up Seminars are progressive seminars for those who wish to refresh and progress. Details at the Seminars.

Payment generally by Bank Transfer – please “Contact US” for details.

In the unlikely event that this Seminar is considered unsuitable for a delegate/s, we reserve the right to decline a place without explanation.

In the interests of Health and Safety, we have a qualified First Aid Officer in attendance during the Seminars and Workshops, who holds a current first aid certificate.

My name is Fluffkin
I have done my Stress Awareness Seminar
and my Meditation Workshop
now I am having some well deserved “Me” Time

So Please do not Disturb

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Your Health Is Your Wealth
Without It You Have Nothing

Many people don’t realise that our thoughts direct everything; every movement we make with our body starts as a thought in our mind. Our thoughts create our lives; out thoughts can make us sick or happy and successful.

Our thoughts are very powerful...... Positive thoughts have the power to change our negative thought patterns, transform our emotions and develop effective ways of thinking.

I liken our thoughts to a computer software CD... if you don’t like the programme you can re write it!!!

You have the choice of standing still and putting up with the status quo or you can be interesting and interested and embrace progression.

When we embrace progression and change we grow, learn new values and new ideas, life can be SO much more satisfying and fuller.

I explain to delegates how they can become less anxious, frustrated or angry; join us on one of my seminars and know the difference. I help them by instruction, explanation and with the use of our Seminar material how they can create their own more enjoyable and hopefully happier life which will also give them a greater understanding of others. (Of course, there are rare exceptions to the rule. Anna says even she can’t win them all.)

Life is not meant to be a struggle. It should be a gentle progression that eases you from one chapter of your life to the next. It is the progression in life that is important not particularly what happens along the way. Think of our journey through life like the chapters of a book; when we get to the end of each one we are ready to move on to the next. This may mean that we leave behind painful memories or issues but that is how it is meant to be; it doesn’t mean we wipe out events from our memory it just means that our memories have their own place and they must not be allowed to dominate our “here and now”.

We can benefit from the events of each chapter of or lives but memories good, bad or indifferent need to recede into the background, it is all part of who we are and our learning curve. Accepting that there can be emotional pain in life but learning to let go, each experience ultimately enriches and strengthens you.

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Anxiety and Frustration
Are forms of Stress

Being aware of our emotions gives us more control over them; to function at our optimum we need our emotions to be balanced and our thinking calm.

It is good to remember that “We are what we think and those thoughts are living things” and the way we are programmed from an early age, creates our thoughts which become our reality.

Discomfort we feel in the physical body invariably comes from stored negative emotions in our subconscious mind, our memory bank.

Another analogy I use:
Imagine a huge gigabyte computer hard drive that records and stores vast amounts of data. Well, our subconscious mind or memory storehouse can be likened to computer storage. This is where all our past experiences of pain and trauma, good, bad or indifferent are stored. It is your own personal computer hard drive.

Past negative experiences often create negative recurring thoughts which need to be identified and dealt with otherwise over a period of time they can become like toxic waste in our system; this state of mind can ultimately manifest in various symptoms and then illness in the body. The symptoms of aches and pains, minor illnesses and more serious illness we feel in the physical body invariably come from stored negative emotions. We all need to learn how to let go of past issues because they invariably affect our stress levels.

Even though we might gloss over and blot out our experiences of raw and painful events they are still live feelings but stored away. If these emotions are not released, they will, in due course, fester like an old sore and then the person is likely to develop physical or mental health problems. When these bad memories are released the client’s health can improve dramatically and so can their view of life, their optimism and their joy of life.

Sometimes we don’t even remember past pain and trauma which can stem from as far back as early childhood. It is the events of the past that create a trigger to our current negative emotions and these if not released can over a period of years fester and multiply if not recognised, released and dealt with. As I recount in my workshops and seminars .... dis-ease of the mind creates disease of the body.

This is something most of us feel from time to time. It is a state of fear and dread and constant worrying often accompanied by an overactive mind, negative thought patterns and weariness; this is definitely not defined as a mental illness.

A person with an anxiety disorder is generally locked into a vicious circle of not wanting to do what they are required to do or having to do it. Their anxiety will often manifest itself into physical aches and pains. They do not realise they have choices in life; they don’t trust their instincts, so are consequently in an ongoing ‘no win’ situation. They may even wonder how they can get through their day so invariably wear themselves out before they begin. Worrying that they will never get better just affirms their thoughts of having to live with the situation. It is the way they perceive and interpret these situations that makes them feel the way they do. Their own negativity can almost become an obsession; this is the norm and is why help is needed. A person in this mental state will lose the belief in him/her self and others which often has a knock-on effect in respect of family, friends and colleagues.

Acute anxiety types show low self-esteem, feel isolated and feel they have failed in life, not just themselves but to those around them. They lose focus and tend not to finish things. They may become fearful of the future and more anxious; they can develop compulsive disorders/phobias which in turn lead to a deeper depressive state and in some cases suicidal thoughts.

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Do you find yourself being critical of others – the way they work, the way they drive, their looks, features, dress and lifestyle, etc., etc. but most of all are you intensely critical of yourself?

STOP ALL CRITICISM – it is a useless act. It never accomplishes anything. Don’t criticise yourself; lift the burden right now. Don’t criticise others, either, as the faults we usually find in others are often merely projections of things we don’t like about ourselves. Thinking negatively about another person is one of the greatest causes of limitations in your own life.

THERE IS NO BLAME - if we were to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, then we would understand why they behaved the way they do. We are all born beautiful little babies, totally open and trusting of Life, with lots of self-worth and self-esteem. If we are not that way now, then somewhere along the line, someone taught us otherwise. We can unlearn this negativity.

Consider this:

For every critical thought you send out, you are using negative energies influencing your thoughts and turning them into negative ones.

Does it really matter if others have to do things that you have difficulty accepting, after all we are all human beings and none of us are perfect?

Constant criticism of others and self creates negative thoughts and negative energies. Don’t hold on to those negative energies! Banish the need to be critical. I teach you how in the Seminars.

Be positive; as they say “Vivre La Difference” accept that we are all different.

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Just What is Stress?

When we hear the word “stress,” we probably cringe. Stress brings to mind worry and anxiety, busy days filled with to-do lists we’ll never finish, and no time to relax. All of those things are part of the stress puzzle, but they’re not the whole picture. Stress isn’t always about worry, and the better we can understand stress, the better we can learn how to handle stress for healthier—and happier—living.

Stress is the body’s response to any change. Any event, whether positive or negative that causes a change in your life, your body, or your emotions is a stress. Whenever a change occurs, our bodies and minds prepare for action of some kind — and this response is stress in action.

Modern life is full of hassles, deadlines, frustrations, and demands. For many people, stress is so commonplace that it has become a way of life. As previously mentioned stress isn’t always bad. In small doses, it can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best. But when you’re constantly running in emergency mode, your mind and body pay the price.

The following table lists some of the common warning signs and symptoms of stress. The more signs and symptoms you notice in yourself, the closer you may be to stress overload.

Top Ten Stressful Life Events

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Stress Warning Signs and Symptoms

Cognitive Symptoms
  • Memory problems
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Poor judgment
  • Seeing only the negative
  • Anxious or racing thoughts
  • Constant worrying
Emotional Symptoms
  • Moodiness
  • Irritability or short temper
  • Agitation, inability to relax
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Sense of loneliness and isolation
  • Depression or general unhappiness
Physical Symptoms
  • Aches and pains
  • Diarrhoea or constipation
  • Nausea, dizziness
  • Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Frequent colds
Behavioural Symptoms
  • Eating more or less
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Isolating yourself from others
  • Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
  • Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
  • Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)

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Common Causes of Stress

How do you respond to stress?

A driving analogy to describe the three most common ways people respond when they’re overwhelmed by stress:

Common external causes of stress

Not all stress is caused by external factors. Stress can also be self-generated:

  • Major life changes
  • Work
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Financial problems
  • Being too busy
  • Children and family

Common internal causes of stress

Not all stress is caused by external factors. Stress can also be self-generated:

  • Inability to accept uncertainty
  • Pessimism
  • Negative self-talk
  • Unrealistic expectations, perfectionism

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Physiological Responses to Stress

What happens when you feel stressed?
Heart rate accelerates
Blood is pumped with increased force
Coronary arteries dilate
Bronchial tubes dilate
Metabolism increases
Glucose use increases, so you feel hungry
Shallow breathing increases
Blood pressure increases
Feelings of anxiety increase
Pupils dilate
Skeletal muscle strength increases
Mental activity increases, thoughts racing

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Relaxation Techniques

Many people experience physical symptoms due to the effects of excess stress. These can include tense muscles, headaches, stomach aches and pains as well as feelings of anxiety. It’s difficult to find the energy to achieve your goals when you are feeling stressed and tense. By practicing the deep breathing and other relaxation exercises described below, you will decrease the effects of stress and re-energize your body.

Deep Breathing

For a baby, full breathing is natural and normal. However, as we grow up and encounter stressful situations, our breathing becomes restricted. Re-learning to breathe fully and freely is a part of embracing life and welcoming more aliveness, love, joy, and prosperity into your life. Dr. Andrew Weil, author of the best-selling book, 8 Weeks to Optimum Health, states that conscious breathing is the single most important thing you can do for your health!

Sit or stand comfortably. Put one hand on your abdomen and one hand on the top of your chest. Breathe normally. Notice if one hand is moving more than the other. If your top hand is moving more, you are in a stressed pattern of breathing. If your bottom hand is moving more, you are using your diaphragm to breathe, which is good, and you also want to expand the top of your chest to breathe in even more fully.

Diaphragm Breathing:
This technique is taught during the Seminar.

What happens when you practice deep relaxation?
Breathing slows down and deepens
Oxygen rate use is lower
Heart rate decreases
Muscles and skin relax
Brain waves are slower
Brain wave harmony is greater
Activity of key hormonal glands decreases
Feelings of harmony and well-being increase
Greater physical balance is restored

Practicing deep relaxation just a few times a week can quickly help you restore greater balance in your body. And because body, mind, emotions, and spirit are all connected, you will experience positive changes in every area of your life.

If you frequently find yourself feeling frazzled and overwhelmed, it’s time to take action to bring your nervous system back into balance. You can protect yourself by learning how to recognize the signs and symptoms of stress and taking steps to reduce its harmful effects.

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Meditation Workshops


Anna Fellowes

Dip. Meditation Teacher

Understanding the Benefits of Relaxing Meditation

Forget the hectic pace of daily pressures for a while
And Join Us for a very relaxing day

In all my Workshops and Seminars I use Guided Meditations which are easy to follow and just like listening to the stories you were told as a child.

Guided meditation is being in a state of relaxed body with a focused, alert mind having a single concentration – listening to and imagining the story. These Meditations are very effective for relaxing and switching off from the irritations and frustrations of daily life.

Relaxing Meditation is about disciplining the mind to focus on a voice or imaginary picture or pictures in the mind. Before each meditation I ask you just to listen to my voice as I tell you a story and that if your mind strays from the story, that's OK, just bring your attention back to my voice.

That is all there is to it – Sounds easy doesn’t it? Well it is.

The practice of Meditation is actually becoming quite popular in the Western world among people from all walks of life. If you are not familiar with meditation, you may still be wondering, “What is meditation?” Essentially, the answer to the question is a simple one. Meditation is an approach that anyone can use to help them cope with medical problems, stress and anxiety by way of giving the mind a break from endlessly churning, frustrating thoughts.

Life increasingly holds more irritations, anxieties and issues than ever before and as a consequence most of the time the focus of your mind and your thoughts are on what is now and what has been going on around you and how you can fit everything into already busy days.

Learning to meditate gives the mind a well deserved rest or break; it is an aid to survival in the ever increasing pressure of our working and private lives. Family and friends would benefit from meditation, too.

Relaxing Meditation calms and soothes, creates balance and harmony, and helps to gain focus and perspective on life.

Don’t be afraid of meditation, you are always in control, embrace it, go with it and enjoy the stories that I will be telling. I ask you to try to imagine the situation, places and the colours that I mention. The worst that can happen is that you nod off – I prefer you didn’t but if you do I don’t have a problem with that. It just means you will have missed some of the lovely stories which I write.

Whilst you focus your attention on my storytelling, you are giving your mind a rest from everyday pressures and negativity; you are giving it a little holiday, a mini break.

Regular Meditation can have the beneficial effects of:

  • lowering blood pressure
  • slowing breathing
  • helping muscles relax
  • giving the body time to eliminate lactic acid and other waste products
  • eliminating stressful thoughts
  • helping with clear thinking
  • helping with focus and concentration
  • reducing stress headaches

Invest in your future health, well being and happiness.....
It is the greatest gift you can give yourself!

Allow troublesome Past Issues to Fade Away

Price for this Workshop includes:

Two tea/coffee breaks and biscuits
A light lunch
Water available at all times
A folder containing useful information sheets

Registration 9.00 to 9.15 am
Workshop start at 9.30 am prompt - Concluding approx. 4.30 pm

Your Investment in Yourself for this One Day Workshop £265.00
Deposit required to secure a place (transferable but non refundable)..£45.00

Full amount Due 4 weeks prior to Workshop date

Payment generally by Bank Transfer – please “Contact Us” for details.

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Children Learn What They Live

By Dorothy L. Nolte

"If children live with criticism,
they learn to condemn.

If children live with hostility,
they learn to fight.

If children live with fear,
they learn to be apprehensive.

If children live with pity,
they learn to feel sorry for themselves.

If children live with ridicule,
they learn to be shy.

If children live with jealousy,
they learn what envy is.

If children live with shame,
they learn to feel guilty.

If children live with tolerance,
they learn to be patient.

If children live with encouragement,
they learn to be confident.

If children live with praise,
they learn to appreciate.

If children live with approval,
they learn to be themselves.

If children live with acceptance,
they learn to find love in the world.

If children live with recognition,
they learn to have a goal.

If children live with sharing,
they learn to be generous.

If children live with honesty and fairness,
they learn what truth and justice are.

If children live with security,
they learn to have faith in themselves
and in those around them.

If children live with friendliness,
they learn that the world is a nice place in which to live.

If children live with serenity,
they learn to have peace of mind.

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My Work:

The work I do complements traditional medicine but I do not recommend reduction of medication. When a client shows improvement and I feel the level of prescribed medicine might be too strong, I ask my client to discuss it with their GP or Consultant. The Medical Profession do an excellent job but even they say that sometimes medication can only treat the symptom and not the real cause.

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Data Protection and Code of Practice:

I am fully insured and bound by the ethical framework of the code of practice and data protection and their strict privacy and confidentiality laws and the CMA professional code of conduct. I consider my work at all times to be strictly confidential. Under NO circumstances do I divulge client’s names, details, conditions or whereabouts.


I reserve the right to decline a place on the Seminars/Workshops without explanation if I feel it is not right for me, the other delegates or for the person concerned.

I also reserve the right to ask a delegate to leave a seminar if their behaviour is disruptive or that they are having a detrimental effect on the other delegates.


The Material contained on this site is “FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY” and should not replace the advice of your personal physician or medical advisor.

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